Effective from 30 September 2014, a regulation was introduced into the Hungarian Media Act, which provided that linear audiovisual media service providers with significant powers of influence (i.e. providers with an average annual audience share of at least 15%, hereinafter “SPI media service providers”) may not charge operators a fee for the distribution of their linear audiovisual media service with the highest average audience share, until the Government Decree on the rules for the payment of such program service fee is adopted.
On 25 April 2016 the Government Decree on the program service fee due for linear audiovisual media services with the highest annual average audience share provided by linear audiovisual media service providers with significant powers of influence was adopted. The Decree sets out that SPI media service providers are entitled to charge operators program service fees for the distribution of their channel with the highest average audience share. The amount of the program service fee may be freely agreed between the media service provider and the operator.
This new provision concerns the two most watched Hungarian commercial television channels, RTL Klub and TV2.